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May 3, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(18):1165-1166. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480180043012

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The statistics of the sugar consumption of the United States reported by the statistical bureau of the Treasury Department are striking enough to call for comment. From 33 pounds in 1870 the per capita consumption has risen to 68 pounds in 1901, an increase of more than double. This does not seem to take into account the other forms than cane and beet sugar; the immense amount of glucose preparations, together with the fruit sugars, are apparently not reckoned. The average of sixty-eight pounds per citizen means that a very large number, probably a great majority, use a considerably larger proportion daily, the larger the number who take less, the larger the amount consumed individually by the remainder. It has been calculated that one-quarter of a pound of sugar per diem is about as much as can be safely included in a healthy diet, but this figure may be found

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